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Myths About Allergies

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - There is very interesting news from the meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Many common old wives’ tales about allergies are just not true.

Here are a few examples.

There are, in fact, no “hypoallergenic” dogs and cats, there is no true gluten allergy, and you can still receive a flu shot with an egg allergy – they make a no-egg vaccine.

The interesting point they make is that many myths continue to be supported by medical experts, spread of anecdotal evidence, and increased reliance on the Internet for health information.

The organization recommends that patients and doctors alike not hesitate to check with allergists if they are not sure.

I agree. You cannot trust the Internet in many cases. You really need to know your source.